Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Sousa doesn't have a band

Assorted Stuff takes a look at the band situation in DC schools and doesn't like what it sees.
There are plenty of examples of how the fine arts are being cut back or eliminated in American schools, due to budget cuts and other causes, but this is one of the more ironic twists in that story. This is the 150th anniversary of the birth of John Philip Sousa, "the father of American band music". However, the middle school in the District of Columbia named for Sousa doesn’t have a band to play any of his music. Or a choir. Or any other music instruction.
AS makes a great point. However, unlike the rest of the country where this trend is accelerating due to the pressures of NCLB in DC's case there are so many other pressing issues that need to be dealt with that worrying about school bands is kind of like fretting over the shade of yellow you want to paint your bathroom while the foundation of the house is crumbling. Fix DCPS from the bottom up and maybe the school system would have some money to afford bands (and art programs and debate clubs and ...)

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